Remembrance Poppy Dress
Leigh Hetherington and three of her design team spent more than 250 hours of their own time designing and creating a dress to commemorate one hundred years since the end of the First World War.
The stunning outfit is now on display at the intu Metro Centre in Gateshead.
The dress is made from black taffeta and black tulle. Each of the poppies has been individually handmade from red silk organza with black Swarovski crystal beaded centres. The design wraps poppies around the body to give the effect of a poppy wreath.
The dress was modelled by Tanya Bardsley from The Real Housewives of Cheshire, who also gave up her time support this cause. Tanya said: “Two years ago my dad, Steve Robinson, received an MBE for services to injured soldiers, so helping our Armed Forces community is very close to my heart. My dad joined the Army when he was just 16 years old and rose to the rank of major.
“When I heard that Leigh was designing a poppy dress, I was delighted to get involved and help to raise money for this year’s Poppy Appeal. From supporting veterans and their families in debt or emergency situations, to providing breaks for service families, the Legion provides vital support for our Armed Forces.”
- Size UK 10-12
- Bodice and skirt
- Created by Leigh Hetherington Bridal Wear and Couturier
The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community through thick and thin – ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten.
We support serving members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, veterans and their families. Our support starts after 7 days of service and continues long after life in the Armed Forces.
We help veterans young and old transition into civilian life, helping with employment, financial issues, respite and recovery, through to lifelong care and independent living. From rehabilitation courses, to tailored personal support for recovery, homelessness and financial guidance – we’re by veterans’ sides, every step of the way. Every year we even take thousands of families on breaks, so they can spend some much needed quality time together.
We also support older veterans with home adaptations, nursing services and through six dedicated care homes, run just for ex-service men and women.
The Legion is the national custodian of Remembrance, safeguarding the memory of those who have fought and died in conflicts past and present, as well as the unique contribution made by all who’ve served.
We’ve been here since 1921, and we’ll be here as long as they need us.